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For Immediate Release

October 20, 2016

Contact: Raechel Alexander




Program To Include Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 And

Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto In E Flat Major With Jens Lindemann As Soloist

On Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Rei Hotoda returns to the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra for a program that includes the works of Respighi, Haydn, Gilliland, and Mendelssohn. The concert takes place at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium and will feature Mendelssohn’s epic Symphony No. 4 as well as Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E flat major with the incomparable Jens Lindemann as soloist. Respighi’s Trittico botticelliano and Gilliland’s Dreaming of the Masters III are also on the program.

Ms. Hotoda first appeared as a guest conductor with the Thunder Bay symphony in 2007. This most recent appearance, as well as her upcoming concert with the ensemble on March 4, 2017 that will feature Comic Diva Natalie Choquette, are part of the Thunder Bay Symphony’s current Music Director search.

About Rei Hotoda

Rei Hotoda is rapidly becoming one of America’s most sought after and dynamic artists. She has appeared as a guest conductor with many of today’s leading ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestras of Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Edmonton, Fort Worth, Jacksonville, Utah, Toronto, and Winnipeg, as well as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Colorado and the St. Louis Symphonies, among others. Her repertoire spans the masterful staples of the classical canon to works by the leading composers of today and she is equally at home leading the orchestra from the piano as well as from the podium.

Guest conducting debuts, return appearances, education outreach, and programs that feature wide-ranging repertoire, outline Ms. Hotoda’s 2016-17 season. She continues her tenure with the Utah Symphony Orchestra as their Associate Conductor and will lead the ensemble in a myriad of concerts that showcase her artistic diversity. Ms. Hotoda’s guest conducting debuts with the Fresno Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, San Luis Obispo Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Nova Scotia and return to the Thunder Bay Symphony punctuate her 2016-17 season. Additionally, she will work closely with USO Music Director Thierry Fischer on several live concert recordings throughout the season and will be leading the USO in a number of programs in the summer of 2017 at the Deer Park Music Festival.

A consummate advocate of new music, Ms. Hotoda has conducted premieres of works by such notable composers as John Cage, Gene Coleman, Luc Ferrari, Dai Fujikura, and Salvatore Sciarrino, and has championed and recorded compositions by female composers, including Vivian Fung, Jennifer Higdon, and Kotoka Suzuki. Ms. Hotoda is also an accomplished pianist. She is equally at home leading the orchestra from the piano as well as from the podium. She has appeared as soloist conducting from the piano with the Dallas, Edmonton, Utah, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras, performing works by Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. As a soloist, she has presented works by Beethoven, Gershwin, and Rachmaninoff. She has also given solo piano recitals at the Chicago Cultural Center, Ravinia Music Festival, and the University of Illinois.  

Ms. Hotoda is the proud recipient of several prestigious awards, including the 2006 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, created by Marin Alsop to mentor women conductors. Additionally, she has received a Peabody Career Development Grant, the Women’s Philharmonic Scholarship, and an Illinois Arts Council International Arts Exchange Grant.

Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Thunder Bay Symphony

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium (Thunder Bay, ON)

Jens Lindemann, trumpet

Rei Hotoda, conductor

Respighi Trittico botticelliano, P. 151

Haydn Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, Hob. Vlle: 1

Gilliland Dreaming of the Masters III

Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4

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